Midsommar (2019) and The Pawnbroker (1964): Meditations on Grief

What possible connection is there between Midsommar, a 2019 horror film set in remote Sweden and The Pawnbroker, Sidney Lumet’s searing portrait of a Holocaust survivor navigating the urban decay of 1960s Brooklyn?  Midsommar director Ari Aster thinks there is one, which is why he situates a photo of Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), the protagonistContinue reading “Midsommar (2019) and The Pawnbroker (1964): Meditations on Grief”

Welcome to my blog!

Planet Auschwitz: Holocaust Representation in Science Fiction and Horror Film and Television will be published by Rutgers University Press in May 2020. As happy as I am with the final product, popular culture never stops and neither does the use (and misuse) of Holocaust imagery and storylines in the sci-fi and horror genres. This blogContinue reading “Welcome to my blog!”